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Wed 25

Garden Treasure Box (aka: Die Crazy!)

Ok, I admit I went a little crazy using Memory Box dies on this altered cigar box project.  Once I got started, it was hard to stop. There were so many dies that just worked perfectly with my vision for this garden themed treasure box.  And I just love the vintage mini garden faucet for the knob.  

I won't go into detail on making the box because that's a unique process that each person would do on their own.  (See the Ink About It workshop calendar for a Cigar Box workshop in June.)  Instead, I will focus on showing how I incorporated the many dies and hopefully inspire you to create a treasure box of your own.

Here's a closer view of the top.  As you can see, it's very dimensional thanks to the many dies used. I like the way the Tessatina Border mimic garden lattice, so I wove the Grove Branch through it and added the flowers and leaves.

Darla Butterfly (98264),Vivienne Butterfly (98265), Willow Dragonfly (98319), Grove Branch (98311), Fancy Blossoms (98312), Tender Leaves (98313), Tessatina Border (98302)

I added the Estate Fence ( 98285) to both sides of the box.  For adhering delicate, intricate dies like the fence, I learned a tip from a crafty friend, Mary Russo. She uses a basic sponge brush dipped in glue (thinned with a bit of water) and applies by dabbing the brush lightly over the back of the die. Place the die where you want it and lay your hand over it for a few seconds to set the glue. This is great if you are doing a larger project with lots of dies such as this box. I find my Quickie Glue Pen works just great when I am adhering only one or two dies.

Finally, when you open the box, you are greeted by another gardenscape. I continued the use of the fence inside. Next, I layered the Debutante Frame (98297), stamped with the Hope Collage image (G1732), with the Twirling Vine Frame (98299).  I highlighted the word hope by adhering a glass pebble over it.  The outside front of the box is embellished with the Chadwick Label (98209) and the smaller label from the Promo Labels set (98139).  I hand wrote "Hopes, Dreams and Wishes" on the label.

I am pleased to be giving this particular box to a special friend. I hope the project inspires you to create something unique for yourself or to give as a gift - which is so fun to do!



Love your cigar box. Very lucky friend! One can never have too many dies to create with!

WOW! This box is just beautiful - all your details are just stunning! You have a very lucky friend! Thanks so much for sharing this lovely piece of art!

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